Concerns Over Influx of Foreigners into Lagos Local Market Places
By Jude Chukwuemeka
Morning Crossfire presenters, Wemimo Adewuni and Sheriff Quadri host Muda Yusuf, Director General Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry and James Sunday, Deputy Comptroller/Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Immigration Service on the topic of influx of foreign business people challenging the existence of local merchants and retail sellers.
It has been noted that some two weeks ago, the Lagos state House of Assembly expressed concerns over the infiltration of the local markets in the state by foreign nationals. It was a motion raised by majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade, representing Ikorodu 1, (on 28th October) at the floor of the house.
Sanai had lamented that foreign nationals have started developing strategies that are threatening entrepreneurs and retailers in the local market while calling for urgent need for the state government to check the development.
The LAGS House of Assembly had on Monday 4th November called on Governor Sanwo-Olu to direct the Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Commerce, Hon. Lola Akande to come up with strategies to protect the State local traders.
Regarding the issue, Muda Yusuf says the following: “The government and the law are for protecting the people. The law is not static. So any manufacturer sells at the retail price. They won’t sell at the wholesale price. Some of them will even direct buyers to go to their distributors. These manufacturers don’t do anything to undermine their distributors. No law compels them but it’s a question of morals.
"I have also heard complaints from computer village. The complaints are that the people selling phones to them have now come down to Nigeria, opening retail shops and this affects their business negatively. Unfortunately, these people don’t have the kind of voice that can really escalate this issue.”
James Sunday offers his insight. “Immigration officers don’t really see foreigners because the word is derogatory. We rather use the word migrant. I believe that the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) must have modus operandi. There is the Local Content body that monitors what is deployed into our industry. There is also the Ministry of Trade and Industry in states and also for federal. In the past, we used to have Ministry of Commerce. These are bodies that are supposed to be checking what is happening in the business environment.
“For us in immigration, we deploy our men to monitor who comes into the country, who does what. The future of migration control has gone beyond checkpoints. We are deploying e-border solutions with bio metrics to be able to know who comes in and who does what. This is also to curtail the activities of individuals in the country.”
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Muda Yusuf - Director General Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
James Sunday - Deputy Comptroller/Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Immigration Service
Morning Crossfire with Wemimo Adewuni (@wemimospot) & Sheriff Quadry (@SheriffQuadry), alongside Rotimi Sankore (@RotimiSankore)